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like newt gringrich helping president clinton out of the hole. they're playing offense poorly. i know what we'll do. we'll run the playbook that played out a couple of decades ago, well it's not going to work. >> john: there was obama sequester tag hashtag is he right? who is going to win the political fight on this? have the republicans succeeded in branding this as obama's failure? >> my sense is no. the republicans are going to get the blame for this. the question is what is the "this"? are people going to be able to make the connection between a slow diminishment of services. you know, we won't recognize the fact that the nih is going to cut out grants for new scientists for years theoretically. it may not be something that we're ever going to be aware of unless it's something that directly impacts you. i think it will be difficult. but over time this will impact the economy. the president at the very least is doing a good job pointing to the republicans and saying it's their fault. the real question is does the american public really absorb what it is that they're blaming the rep
clinton? i will say that president bush after 9-11 sort of had cart blanch he controlled the house and the senate and the democrats were much more given to supporting his agenda following that crisis and attack on our nation. so is it really that unprecedented or does seem like over the last three administrations, it is okay as long as you give us, the republicans, what we want? >> it's not totally unprecedented. what's pretty clear is this particular congress, particularly coming after the last round of redistricting and with the rise of the tea party and the conservative branch of the republican party this is conservative with republicans pretty far to the right. democrats who frankly in many cases, particularly in the house are pretty far to the left. >> john: well, rick, it is true. it is nice to remember we do have democrats who are liberal in the house. is this another taste of the republican party doubling down on obstructionism? the policy that does not work for them in 2012? >> i don't think they know what else to do. look, we have such a weird dynamic now. elections today
for president obama and a former special assistant for national security affairs under president clinton. always a pleasure. good evening. >> hello john. >> john: were you surprised so much of today's hearing was used to essentially re-litigate the early stages of the bush war on terror from waterboarding and other forms of torture to the claims made famous by dick cheney that iraq had some murky involvement with 9-11? >> i confess i was surprised that mohammed atta made a cameo appearance. john brennan is the fifth c.i.a. nominee to come before the committee over the past 12 years. plenty of opportunity to litigate or to write and rewrite history. i think it is -- an indication of the trench warfare that still exists on capitol hill. >> john: i agree. after mr. petraeus, i was glad that nobody asked if he had a girlfriend. mr. brennan was executive director of the c.i.a. from 2002 to 2006. i know you know him. is it credible, as mr. brennan claimed, he had no involvement with the enhancement interrogation program? >> he would not have had any direct involvement in the program. obviously, as you
carter and clinton have done over the years, negotiating a lower number of nuclear weapons and delivery vehicles to provide more stability and more safety and more security to the united states. >> john: well, senator hagel is accused in so not so many words of being soft on iran for refusing to vote on a bill of unilateral sanctions on that country. do you have any opinion on those votes and do you think senator hagel is soft on iran in any way? >> of course not. you just heard him say at the hearings today that we should keep all of our options open, including the military option. if a he agreed with the president on the statement that iran should not have a nuclear weapon. but he also says we should use military force as a last resort, and we should certainly exhaust all of the other opportunities all the other alternatives before we move to another war in the middle east. and it seems to me that makes a great deal of sense. that was certainly the predicate of the non-exchange he had with senator mccain. how would a surge make sense when you oppose the war in the first place? and obv
. the former clinton adviser and current g.o.p. mynah bird is losing his commentator job on fox news? why? because maybe he said mitt romney would win the election by at least four percentage points. that republicans would take back the senate. that donald trump and mike huckabee would run for president president. if you were watching fox news, wasn't lack of realism part of your job? according to a new poll, only 41% of viewers even trust fox any more. that's a new low. and they also said that they trusted fox over other news outlets. so dick morris is out. sarah palin is out but they're keeping karl rove, maybe because he's declaring war on unelectable wing-nut conservatives. let's welcome tonight's panel of none experts. pete dominick host of stand up with pete dominick and sirius xms potus politics. and tina dupuy syndicated columnist, and actor comedian sherrod small. is fox news' facial reconstruction going to work? >> no, they'll continue to do well and get great ratings because if your model is scaring people the hell out of people. stay tune to find out what you need to know abo
clinton was acquitted by the u.s. senate in his impeachment trial. 13 house republicans prosecuted him but only one of those congressmen ever made it to the senate after spending millions of taxpayer dollars in a failed partisan effort to humiliate and destroy a democratic president. that man's name? lindsey graham. here's "viewpoint." [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> john: good evening, i'm john fugelsang, coming up in just over an hour president obama will deliver his fifth state of the union address to a politically polarized audience outside capitol hill and their polarized representatives and senators under the capitol dome. now current tv will be covering the speech in its entirety, and i'll be back to break it down with panel include current's cenk uygur and. michael shure. tonight the president is expected to focus on policies to create more jobs, heal the ailing economy and rebuild the middle class. he's expected to call for compromise, and talk about searching for common ground, with republicans who deny the possibility of either. so long as mr. obama's in office. >> another litany
less than $1 million. and we'll never let the top rate go back to the clinton era all of these things happened. do you know why they happened? the american people supported those positions that the president took. >> john: but will the american believe in g.o.p. cry that this is all the president asphalt? president's fault. for more let's go to robert reich, labor secretary under president bill clinton and author of "we beyond outrage." good evening. it's a pleasure to have you back. >> good evening. >> john: is president obama to blame as speaker boehner insists if the sequester goes through. if i hold a gun to your head and hold you hostage do i get to blame you that you're late to work? >> only in ad verse way. they suffer from amnesia. they don't remember when the republicans were threatening to basically not pay america's bills. they were going to default on all of our bills and not raise the debt ceiling. together with the white house the republicans agreed to this sequester if there could be no agreement between republicans and democrats on a sensible plan between august 2011 a
, after all the leading contender to lose the 2016 nomination to hillary clinton. seriously, wtf new york. thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. (vo) she's joy behar. >>current will let me say anything. >> john: welcome back to "viewpoint." i'm john fuglesang. now, more and more republicans are coming out in support of marriage equality and viewer derek worms tweeted to us they're changing their tone now because they have to, not because they want to. this is a matter of evolving to survive. evolving. whoa, derek, are you saying they also believe in evolution now? this is not your grandfather or o your nonexistent eighth an ancestor from a world that's only 6,000 years old republican party. if you have a comment please tweet us at "viewpoint" or john fuglesang or use the hashtag "viewpoint" or post it on our facebook page. in an ideal world i guess every american would support marriage equality because doing otherwise would mean discriminating against a group of american citizens based solely on who they love. unfortunately, we do
, president reagan cut taxes kept on spending, never balanced a budget. you and president clinton raised taxes, kept on spending, balanced the budget and grew the economy in both sides. but this president can't spend. he can't raise taxes and he's accused of being against pro growth. >> exactly. actually, we have a president who is completely constrained. whether you think he's bold enough or whatever he's doing we've got republicans right-wing republicans right now who are basically calling the shots. they're in the house of representatives, and they don't care what the public thinks because their major competitors in the next election are not going to be right wing republicans in the primaries they have safe districts. they have safe districts because they're gerrymandered their way into safety. that's the fundamental problem we're facing. >> john: we only have a minute left but in his column today dan gross in the daily beast the deficit has shrunk by $84 billion. people don't seem to know or care. does that tie in a another piece that he you wrote. showdown fatigue. >> people don't want to
sports. >> it's a physical challenge. hillary clinton wins, i have no doubt. >> john: well, you know what i think the wars would be shorter if george bush was on the front lines of fallujah. >> i want to see dick cheney carry that pack for a long distance. >> john: all these republicans who voted for vietnam but avoided going, there is a special room waiting for them. do you have a favorite. >> nut nut. >> i think ma mahatma ghandi was history's greatestvillen. >> aregreatest villain. >> are you joking? >> yes i think the most misunderstood was hitler. >> john: speaking of documented monarchs, rick santorum rick perry has stumbled back in the news. he said the boy scouts should not soften their policy, but he likes them hard and preferably thick. the governor said three things made this country great. scouting no gays, and he forgets the third one. is there anything that rick perry could do not to make himself look like a buffoon? >> he's just ridiculous. the fact that he equates it to popular culture. if anyone is cool, that's it. i'm poll culture popular culture. >> john: you're a jewi
nixon. >> and bill clinton balanced the budget. that's an important reality. >> john: and it's great to talk to a man who was instrumental of that. robert reich author of "beyond outrage" and a man i hope runs for president so i can campaign for him, thank you sir, for your time tonight. >> good night. >> john: as i mentioned earlier in the program gone issues will play a strong role, and they are trying to pressure congress to listen to voters. gabby giffords had this to say in a new ad released by her political action committee. >> we have a problem. where we shop. where we pray. where our children go to school. but there are solutions. we can agree on even gun owners like us. take it from me. congress must act. let's get this done. >> john: and voters in some unlikely places agree it's time to get something done on guns. this is part of an ad that is aimed directly at kentucky senator and minority leader mitch mcconnell. >> the guns meant for war could be used on civilians and children. as a gun owner and veteran i support the plan to ban assault weapons and keep guns out of the w
to impeople president clinton, lindsey graham unlike hagel has never seen combat, correct? >> that would be correct. >> john: what is the state of the g.o.p. in south carolina? if an elected representative shows a glimmer of moderation, are they facing a primary? >> they are. we have a very active and very aggressive tea party very conservative very, very conservative tea party effort here and so it is driven moderate the out of the republican party. that's been good for the democratic party because we believe, for instance, in the upcoming special election that the voters of the first congressional district who traditionally vote republican will elect elizabeth colbert-bush as their congresswoman instead of disgraced former governor mark sanford. >> john: i'm glad you brought that race up. i think that specific race in south carolina for my money will be the congressional race to watch in 2014. of course, we're talking about the first congressional district which opened up when tim scott was named senator replaced jim demint who went off to be a lobbyist. it is an interesting cast of ch
clinton who had this to say about the late mayor. >> i don't think i ever debated discussed, discussed agreed with anybody in this line of work who had a better feel for the impact of what people in government did on the real lives of people. >> john: for more on the legacy of ed koch, i'm happy to be joined by wayne barrett special investigative reporter for "newsweek" "daily beast" who wrote for 37 years. you raised me, sir. extensively covering the career of ed koch including the explosive book "city for sale" and richard socarides, former president of equality matters. good evening gentlemen. thank you both for joining me. i can imagine it has been a busy couple of days. wayne, question that ed koch always asked is how am i doing. we hear in the media, how did he do, how did he do. you documented a lot of malfeasance. one thing you said, you wish that you always had written more positive pieces about ed koch. >> yeah. shortly after rudy giuliani was elected in '93 i had my first lunch with ed koch. i had a testy relationship. we occasionally exchanged words prior to that. but i nev
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